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Honduran Asylum Seeker Who Died by Suicide After Being Separated from Child Was Fleeing Violence

HeadlineJun 12, 2018

This comes as The Washington Post is reporting that the Honduran asylum seeker who died by suicide after Border Patrol agents forcibly separated him from his 3-year-old child had come to the United States with his family fleeing violence. The Honduran Consulate says Marco Antonio Muñoz and his family fled Honduras after Muñoz’s brother-in-law was murdered. After they arrived in the United States, they voluntarily surrendered to Border Patrol agents and said they wanted to apply for asylum. But when agents told Muñoz he would be separated from his son, he appears to have had a panic attack. The agents then ripped the boy out of his arms and transported Muñoz to a Texas jail, where he was found dead by suicide the following morning.

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